Tonight, a film I made will be shown on a French television network, France 3. My film, Un deux trois quatre, will be on at just past midnight (00:35). It screens in a series with three other films in a theme of shorts called AMOUR, ETC.
One of the challenges of making films is getting them seen. We had the good fortune to sell this one to France Television. I am grateful to my producer Julien Monestiez for making it happen. I am also glad that France 3’s programmer, Aurélie Chesné, chose to include it in their lineup.
As filmmakers, we are only in control of what we make. After it’s finished, if people don’t feel moved to champion our work, then it doesn’t get seen. I’ve had films like this. I felt they deserved bigger audiences, but that connect just didn’t happen.
I feel a strong sense of gratitude because I know that this film is a tough sell. At 18 minutes, it’s longer than most short films. It’s a visual film, with at times, very little dialogue. There are no explosions or car chases. In fact, my hope was to make a quiet film, one where the viewer has to lean in to pick up on all the details. Despite these potential challenges, France 3 jumped on board, and are presenting it tonight. It makes me happy. And it gives me hope and courage to stay in the game and keep making my movies.